With 16 videos and 2 hours of instruction, photographer JP Danko takes you through everything you need to know to create your own amazing portraits with natural window light - using any camera and all within the comfort of your own living room.
Learn detailed photography techniques for photographing three complete window light setups including camera settings, the use of reflectors and post processing techniques using Lightroom (or Photoshop RAW) and two popular mobile editing apps - Snapseed and VSCO Cam.
JP puts a careful emphasis on understanding the techniques presented so that students will be empowered to take the techniques learned and explore their own artistic vision.
By the end of the class, students will have learned everything needed to create their own beautiful window light portraits.
Introduction to the class and what material we will cover.
Examples of typical natural window light photos:
Discussion about finding the right window to work with and what qualities of light to look for.
We cover critical skills for learning to see light and how different qualities of light affect your photography.
Overview of cameras and reflectors used for the class.
We cover DSLR lens and camera options for window light photography along with mobile phone cameras and camera apps.
Then we talk about options for reflectors including commercially available reflectors and home-made reflectors.
Demonstration of silhouette photography using both a DSLR and mobile phone.
Step by step example of editing silhouette window light photos using VSCO Cam.
Step by step example of editing silhouette photos using Lightroom (or Photoshop Camera RAW).
Demonstration of semi-silhouette photography. How to balance your exposure between the back ground and subject using both a mobile phone camera and DSLR.
Step by step example of editing semi-silhouette photos using VSCO Cam.
Step by step example of editing semi-silhouette photos using Lightroom (or Photoshop Camera RAW).
How to capture backlit window light photos using a DSLR.
How to capture backlit window light photos using a mobile phone camera.
How to use reflectors with backlit window light.
Step by step example of editing backlit window light photos using Snapseed.
Step by step example of editing backlit window light photos using Lightroom (or Photoshop Camera RAW).
Conclusion and next steps.
We discuss where to use window light for portraits and other similar settings where you can use the techniques from this class.
Photography classes by a photographer for photographers!
JP Danko is an active lifestyle photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. His work is distributed by Stocksy United.
JP also publishes a weekly photography column at DIYphotography, one of the worlds most popular online photography resources.